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For many of us our pets are more than just fuzzy creatures that roam around the house on a daily basis, they quickly become an important part of the family. Pet and human relationships have greatly evolved, and many people no longer even refer to themselves as a dog or cat owner, they are now lovingly known as pet parents. Back in the day dogs were mainly outdoor pets whereas today they not only stay indoors most of the time, but many owners also let their dogs and other pets sleep in bed beside them. For many people, sleeping with their pets is a source of comfort while for others it’s a headache and a constant battle to keep pet hair away from the bedroom. One thing is for sure – whether you love snuggling your furry friend or not, sharing a bed with your pet can affect your own sleep quality and health. 

There are various reasons why humans like to have the company of their pets in bed with them at night:

The problem with sharing a bed with your pets is that no matter how much you love them and want them to be close to you, there are issues that will interrupt your quality of sleep. Your pet may be restless and wake you up, their movements may get in the way of you getting comfortable and force you to constantly shift your sleeping position to accommodate the animal and the added warmth from their body could increase your temperature and create a disappointing sleep environment. 

Another thing to take into consideration is allergies and if sleeping with your pet is aggravating your health. Many pet parents will put up with mild allergies from pet dander, which usually is not a big issue during the day. However, at night when you are getting ready to detox and rest, breathing easy is important and vital to long term health. There are also other pet-to-person illnesses that can pass from your furry friend to you in your bed, these may include fleas, ticks, ringworm and others. 

There are many other ways that sharing a bed with your pet can disturb your sleep – animals can snore, dream and move around a lot. If you are sharing a bed with a partner and a pet or two, you’ll quickly realize that even a massive bed will leave you with a little corner to yourself. At the end of the day, sleeping with a pet is a personal preference. If you choose to share a bed with your furry friend regardless of the sleep disturbances, there are some ways that you can set yourself up for a better night sleep while cuddling up together. 

Sleep is essential to your overall well-being, so it’s important to set yourself up for success with a cozy atmosphere, comfortable mattress and to train your fur-family members to respect boundaries so that everyone sleeps well every night. 

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